Skoda is continuing its growth offensive by introducing its sixth production model, named the Citigo. The new model will make its debut in its domestic Czech Republic market before the end of the year, with other European countries following at the beginning of summer 2012.
Offering impressive amounts of space and four seats, the Citigo will be launched in three-door and five-door versions.
The designers gave the car a distinct look with its finned grille set in a chrome-plated frame and precisely shaped headlamps.
The Skoda Citigo is an ideal car in and out of the city. It also offers surprisingly generous interior space for its small dimensions.
The Citigo's interior not only offers practical space but also a high level of quality in its design. Front headrests integrated into the seats, as well as a number of other smart solutions, make the Citigo a 'simply clever vehicle'. The interior design includes numerous storage compartments, cup holders and a multimedia system, as well as storage pockets on the sides of the front seats. In addition, a bag hook integrated in to the glovebox handle and a photograph holder on the center console,are two clever interior elements.
The vehicle boasts a number of solutions to help improve overall comfort. In the three-door version, the 'Easy Entry' system allows easy access to the rear seats. The front passenger's seat can be moved and folded forward to ensure easy access to the rear.
For the first time in a Skoda, a portable navigation system is available. The device is fitted to the dashboard and can be removed easily and used on the go. Being an integral part of the vehicle's onboard electronics, the system provides not just navigation, but also hands-free calling with built-in Bluetooth and onboard infotainment. Using a 5" touchscreen, the driver can view important information about the car (onboard computer, optical signals from the parking sensors, etc).
The Citigo places emphasis on safety. For the first time in a Skoda, the designers have used a Head-Thorax side airbag to protect the heads of both the driver and the front seat passenger.
In addition, active safety is enhanced by the 'City Safe Drive', a new brake assistance system based on a laser sensor that is activated automatically at speeds below 18mph when there is danger of a collision.
Depending on the speed and the traffic situation, this automatic braking solution may completely prevent a collision or at least reduce its severity. The risk of bumping into the car ahead is thus reduced significantly in city traffic. The Citigo is one of only two cars in the city car segment to offer the emergency braking functionality. Two new, three-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline engines will be available after the Citigo's launch (60hp and 75hp). The engines and transmission have been designed to provide optimum economy in city driving. Reaching operating temperature even on short distances, the engines are highly economical - 52mpg US and 105g/km CO2 with the 60hp engine and 50mpg US and 108g/km CO2 with the 75hp unit.